Posts Tagged ‘inspiration’

Hello My Pretties.  I have missed you so much!  I know it doesn’t count for much, but I have several reviews (and pairs of shoes to get rid of!) already written up.  I am just waiting on my photographer to stop hijacking my blog and start taking pictures.  I may have to take photos of the shoes by themselves.  I know you will miss pictures of my feet and ankles, right?

But this post has nothing to do with shoes.  It is all me.  Raw and exposed.  No, not that kind of exposed!

I have been overweight for as long as I can remember.  My weight has fluctuated and I have lost weight here and there, but it never stuck.  I have been very careful with what my daughter eats so she doesn’t end up like me.  Recently, it hit me like a ton of bricks.  The best way to have her not end up like me, is to not be this way anymore.  So for my 30th birthday I requested money to officially join Weight Watchers.  Since that time I have consistently lost weight each week and am feeling incredibly motivated and positive.  Also, I find some great inspiration on Pinterest, (visit me by clicking here) which I will share with you throughout this post.

About two and a half weeks ago I decided to challenge myself even more.  I have always been terrified of running.  I was never good, in school I was always the slowest.  I developed early and was large chested.  This made running an even bigger challenge requiring at least two sports bras, often three.  When I was 21, I had breast reduction surgery.  I swore that the ability to move more easily and the reduction in back pain would mean I would be more active and eventually a runner.  That never happened.  Until now.  I made the decision to start the Couch to 5 K program.  My husband started at the same time and has been incredible.  I started religiously and gave it my all.  I put together a great mix on my iPhone with the help of my friends, downloaded the C25K app, and got my ass off the couch.  The program is designed to take participants from the couch to running a 5K marathon in around 9 weeks.  The first week wasn’t easy and I experienced horrible shin splits.  With great advice from friends, I stretched and iced and did everything I could to help with the pain.  Then 2/3 through week 2 the knee pain started.  My family has a history of knee issues, but I am young enough that I know building muscles will be a huge help and losing the weight is the best thing I can do.  I don’t want to injure myself so I took a few days off.  My knees are feeling better and I am getting ready to get back to it.

I know it will take me longer than the allotted time.  I am planning on restarting week 2 this week.  I have tried to do this quickly in the past and either injure myself, burn myself out or get frustrated and quit.  This is why I know things are different.  I am positive, I am dedicated, I am not discouraged and I am unstoppable.  It will take more than shin splints and sore knees to stop me.  I am on this journey for the long haul.  I will cross the finish line of a 5K race.  I have a great support sytem around me.  I have more faith in myself than I ever have had.  I just have to keep telling myself..


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I Have a Voice?

Hiya pretties!  I am glad to see you swung by again.  Great to see you, won’t you stay a while?

I started this blog not really knowing what direction it would head, but I figured it would be a place where I would link up to all of the things I love but can’t afford, want to wear but can’t fit into, or want to create but am not talented enough for.  It ended up inspiring me to try new things in my life and for that I am so glad I took the first step.

My husband made a comment to me that got me thinking.  He told me that he really liked that I found my voice on my blog.  I gave him a Scooby Doo “Huhr?” and confusion set it.  What voice?  I am just me.  I don’t have a voice, I just write.  And not particularly well at that.  I didn’t give it anymore thought that day.

Then, for some reason the next day I had a light bulb moment.  I was right.  I don’t have a voice.  I have several voices.

I have the voice of a mother.  I have a beautiful baby girl.  She is growing far too fast and will be a year old early next month.  From the moment I knew she existed she has meant everything to me.  I would do anything for her and there is nothing that I enjoy more than being her mother.  She lights up my heart with her smiles and her laugh literally makes me giddy and makes me heart melt.  Her achievements make me so proud.  Life before her was just a warm up.  My real life started the day she was born.

I have the voice of a wife.  I am one of the lucky ones who married my high school sweetheart.  More than thirteen years later we have a beautiful family and home together.  We have our daughter, two dogs and a cat.  We do everything together.  For several years, we even worked together and drove in to work and ate lunch together every day.  To some (O.K. to many) that may just seem sick, but to us, it is perfectly normal.  We are happiest when we are together and enjoy doing many of the same things.  My husband is my support system and my rock.  He makes me laugh and is there for me when I need him.  When I am sick he is right by my side.  He is by far the best father I have ever seen.  He is patient with me and understanding.  He is my everything and I love him so much.

I have the voice of someone who is strong willed but weak in self control.  I love sugar sometimes more than I love myself.

I have the voice of someone who speaks their mind without fear of consequences.  I must say sometimes this is a great thing.  Sometimes not so much.

I have the voice of a daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin, friend, college graduate, animal lover, full time working mom.  The list goes on and on.

What’s your voice?

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